Mental Capacity Act

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The Mental Capacity Act is a law that covers all sorts of decisions where people aged 16 and over may lack capacity. It also allows for people to plan ahead in case they may lack capacity in the future.

The Mental Capacity Act allows somebody to make decisions for a service user, if they are not able to make decisions for themselves.

Everyone working with and/or caring for an adult who may lack capacity to make specific decisions for themselves must comply with this Act when making decisions or acting for that person. The same rules apply whether the decisions are life-changing events or everyday matters.

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